When Work Is Done
- Publication date
- ca. 1943
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- U.S. Office of War Information, Bureau of Motion Pictures
How the town of Sylacauga, Alabama extended a welcome to war plant workers.
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- ca. 1943
- Run time
Subject: Through Rose Colored Glasses
town dealt with the influx of workers to a big munitions plant during WWII. It contrasts the haphazard way war workers made their way in less organized towns. Thanks to a Federal agency, though, our town figures out how to handle the newcomers. From the town pool to barn dances to
nutrition classes----yes, sir, this town has things organized to a "T". Oddly, especially since this is Alabama, the only black faces are those of the "Negro boys and girls band"---you know how musical those darkies are! Of course, they wouldn't be allowed in that pool. Or that church. Or that diner. This film is typical of the genre and the era: racism is a given---as natural as rain. These are supposed to be the innocent times of days gone by. If only those who look back on those days with nostalgia would realize how ugly things were back then!
I used some of the dancing ones for this: http://www.awesomepedia.org/video/index.php?v=29 but there's a lot of mileage in the rest of the film as well.
Subject: Historically interesting
Subject: Beauty clips galore!
The sign: "Hull 108: They Fight and They Die, They expect you to try".. try what??
The image of a woman being hauled off on a gurney after collapsing in the heat after working too hard.
The sign: "You can't spell VICTORY with an Absent T!"
When men move, they surrender what appears to be poker chips (actually, I think they're ID badges?)
The pools which are used in SHIFTS. Like one group out, the next group in.
The Synchronized swimmers in the public pool.
Sign: "Victory Dots and Dashes Club"
The very bizarre recital (i think) of people walking back and forth.
Right after that, the excersise club on newspapers!
The AMAZING sign, "Eat to beat the devil! (with a picture of Adolph Hitler!)
The footage of the Negro Band who "Hit it on the beat and take it on down"
The talent show featuring a magic trick with the US Flag, the ballet dances, and the bizarre scene with the two girls, one is on a piano, and the other kisses the other girl's hand..
Finally we end, as we should with a barn dance. Not TOO sure where they hired these musicians, which consist of a caller with a very strange hat, uh, carrying a cat while he's calling, and a guy just sitting off to the side doing absolutely nothing around but twirling a hanky around and looking like a guy named "Zeke".
The narration is off, but the images are priceless! Highly reccomended!
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